29 January, 2009

Gemeinhardt flute

I walked into my daughter's room, and this is how I found her bed. I think she's been missing her music. While she was away at school, she never had the time. Now that she's home, I guess she's finding the time. Her music is very important to her, and it calms her down like nothing else.

28 January, 2009

Snow Day

Another snow day here in the northeast. A freshly fallen blanket of snow covers the landscape and will continue through tomorrow. Snow always brings the quiet; the normal morning sounds of people busily preparing for the workday are muffled or completely erased by the white stuff. I think it's Mother Nature's way of saying, "take a break," and who am I to question Mother Nature. So, I've taken the day off rather than risk further injury to my ankle, but I have a list full of chores to keep myself busy. Of course, I'd rather be out there making some pictures, because a quiet landscape has an endless array of possibilities, but I'll be patient just a little longer.

25 January, 2009

Vermont

23 January, 2009

Pick up the marbles with your toes

Part of my physical therapy this morning...pick up the marbles with my toes and place them in the container. Not so bad, but the larger marbles were impossible. My ankle is feeling better and has more movement every day. My PT says that by next week I can try walking with just one crutch! There's one catch though...I have to get either a shoe or sneaker on my foot before I can attempt to walk, so that's my goal for the weekend...find a shoe that fits. I kind of feel like Cinderella I guess.

22 January, 2009

More Freedom

After 6 long and agonizing weeks, I woke up this morning, very motivated, so I decided to drive myself to work. I was a little nervous at first, but I went out to the car to let it warm up, and I pushed gently, then firmly, on the brake...no problem at all. "I can do this," I said excitedly and out loud, though nobody heard me except perhaps the trees on the front lawn. I went back in the house, grabbed my coffee and backpack, and off I went. I have to say, it felt absolutely wonderful. You couldn't wipe the grin off my face, I was so delighted to get behind the wheel again. It means I'm not dependent on anybody to get where I'm going, though I'm eternally grateful to my daughter and Curt, because without them, I don't know what I would have done. My daughter Jenn got up each and every morning to drive me to work, sleep still falling from her eyes as she navigated the downtown Albany traffic. And each night, Curt waited patiently at the curb outside the Education building until I came out, gathered up me and my crutches, and delivered us home safe and sound. In my mind, they should both be canonized.

19 January, 2009

Freedom

Well, today's the big day...I finally get my cast off! It's been a long 6 weeks, and I'm so ready for this. I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about it...you know, walking on it after such a long time. But, I'm sure everything will be okay. Things to do when I get home: 1. Soak in a hot tub until my skin wrinkles 2. Drive my car! 3. Clean my room, which hasn't been done in 6 weeks 4. Make a nice dinner for my daughter who has been taking care of the house 5. Make a cup of tea or coffee without it taking 15 minutes 6. Take some pictures!

10 January, 2009

Rory's birthday cake

My daughter Jennifer wanted to try her hands at a special birthday cake for her boyfriend Rory. I think she did a fabulous job! The red tigers are ferocious and perfect for a guy cake. This represents 5 grueling hours of work; hope he appreciates it.

06 January, 2009

Visions of warmer days...

This was taken in San Francisco back in early spring, but the vibrant colors do so much to lift our spirits during the long northeast winters.

A reminder of warmer days!

This was taken near Sacandaga State Park in the Adirondacks during one of our camping trips. It's been so cold here lately, I needed a reminder of warmer days.